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Table 2: Number of landlord( 2,3) possession orders made( 4,5) in Bromley, Dartford, Gravesend( 6) and Woolwich county courts, 2001 onwards

Bromley Woolwich Dartford Gravesend Total

2001

1,641

1,401

618

193

3,853

2002

1,709

1,356

560

206

3,831

2003

1,412

1,259

461

252

3,384

2004

1,264

1,223

458

195

3,140

2005

1,361

1,373

489

195

3,418

2006

1,266

1,026

492

155

2,939

2007

1,307

990

704

3,001

2008 (Jan-Oct)

937

763

706

2,406

(1) Mortgage possession data include all types of lenders whether local authority or private.
(2) Landlord possession data include all types of landlord whether social or private.
(3) Includes orders made through both standard and accelerated procedures.
(4) Includes outright and suspended orders, the latter being where the court grants the claimant possession but suspends the order.
(5) The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.
(6) Gravesend county court closed in November 2006 with cases redirected to Dartford county court.
Note:
Figures for 2008 are provisional.
Source:
Ministry of Justice

Tackling Knives Action Programme

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many persons convicted for carrying a knife in one of the 10 Tackling Knives Action Programme pilots have (a) been sentenced to custody and (b) been given a community programme that did not involve unpaid work; [240480]

(2) how many (a) adults, (b) 18 to 21 year olds and (c) juveniles were sentenced for offences involving a knife or other bladed article in (i) Greater Manchester, (ii) Lancashire, (iii) London, (iv) the West Midlands, (v) West Yorkshire, (vi) the Thames Valley, (vii) Merseyside, (viii) Essex, (ix) Nottinghamshire and (x) South Wales in (A) August, (B) September, (C) October and (D) November 2008; how many in each age category in each area received a (1) custodial and (2) community sentence; and of those receiving a community sentence, how many were ordered to undertake a 300 hour community payback sentence on up to five days each week. [240482]

Mr. Hanson: Finalised data for sentencing for knife and offensive weapon possession in the 10 Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) areas in 2008 will
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not be available until “Sentencing Statistics 2008” is published in November 2009. However, as part of TKAP, provisional data from management information systems are being gathered. These data are not sufficiently robust to be broken down into the detail requested, and will be subject to continual revision.

In the TKAP areas in August and September 2008 (the most recent period for which data are available), the Police National Computer records that 768 community sentences and 529 custodial sentences were given for knife and offensive weapon possession. More detail is given in the following table.

Sentences for knife and offensive weapon possession in August and September 2008 split by age from police national computer
Age band Community sentences Custodial sentences( 1)

10 to 17

307

36

18 to 20

139

104

21 and over

322

389

All ages

768

529

(1) Excludes suspended sentence orders.

Data from the Probation Service relating to unpaid work requirements under Community Orders started in England and Wales with a sentence length of 300 hours; indicate fewer than 10 in 2007, and data are still being finalised for 2008 as it is unusual for the courts to sentence at the very maximum of any disposal. There were 269 Community Orders started for possession of offensive weapons in the 10 TKAP areas between July and September 2008 which did not involve unpaid work.

All the figures quoted in this answer have been taken from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been made the subject of an unpaid work requirement in the Tackling Knives Action Programme pilots. [240481]

Mr. Hanson: The number of persons given an unpaid work requirement with a Community or Suspended Sentence Order for the offence of possession of an offensive weapon in the 10 Tackling Knives Action Programme areas during the period July-September is shown as follows. Note that the figures stated are provisional and will not be finalised until the publication of the Quarterly Probation brief in January of next year.

Number

July

187

August

152

September

173

Total

512


These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. As with any large scale recording system, these are subject to possible data entry and processing errors.

Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of violence between inmates have been recorded in Feltham A and Feltham B young offender institution in each of the last 12 months; [240436]


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(2) how many and what punishments have been issued by the Governor of Feltham A and B young offender institution to inmates involved in violence within the institution in the last six months. [240437]

Mr. Hanson: Central NOMS data do not use the term ‘incidents of violence’; information is recorded under the term assaults. The following tables show incidents of prisoner on prisoner assaults in Feltham A and Feltham B in the last 12 months.

The information is set out in the tables and is subject to important qualifications. The NOMS incident reporting system processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The numbers provide an indication of overall numbers but should not be interpreted as absolute.

Assault data are complex and the numbers need to be interpreted with caution. Information recorded as assault incidents may involve one or many prisoners as some assault incidents may involve more than one assailant or more than one victim.

The numbers supplied refer to the number of individual assault incidents. The numbers refer to all incidents recorded as assaults; these may also include threatening behaviour, projection of bodily fluids and other non-contact events and allegations.

Ministers, NOMS and the Prison Officers’ Association are collectively committed to ensuring that violence in prisons is not tolerated in any form. Since 2004, a national strategy has directed every public sector prison to have in place a local violence reduction strategy and since mid 2007 this has been applied to the public and contracted out estate. A whole prison approach is encouraged, engaging all staff, all disciplines and prisoners in challenging unacceptable behaviour, problem-solving and personal safety.

Table 1: Assault incidents in Feltham A in the last 12 months

Number

2007

December

23

2008

January

28

February

25

March

27

April

33

May

36

June

31

July

28

August

25

September

34

October

25

November

35

Note:
Feltham A holds young people


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Table 2: Assault incidents in Feltham B in the last 12 months

Number

2007

December

12

2008

January

11

February

13

March

11

April

15

May

16

June

10

July

10

August

24

September

26

October

29

November

22

Note:
Feltham B holds young adults

The average population at HMYOI Feltham during this period was 609. Age is a known risk factor and
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younger prisoners are more likely to be involved in assaults than older prisoners. As regrettable as each assault incident is, the numbers are within the expected range.

Data on proven adjudications and the punishments imposed at each prison are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Adjudication awards are determined at a local level and therefore those awarded at HMYOI Feltham are not comparable to those awarded at other establishments. Data on punishments imposed at adjudications across the estate are published annually in chapter 9 of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics, available on the Ministry of Justice website at


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